Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Expanded Stockade
The unhewn logs with daylight between them betray the Confederates' haste to expand the north end of camp. In contrast, the reconstruction at the North Gate section show the carefully planned design of the stockade's initial 16 acres, when officials planned for only 6,000 prisoners.
The outer row of white posts marks the perimeter of the stockade; inner posts marks the deadline. The area between was a no man's land. If prisoners crossed the deadline, guards in the sentry boxes had orders to shoot them.
"July 1 was moving day for thousands of prisoners who had been cramped for sufficient room, and there was a perfect stampede for the new position."
James M. Page, 6th Michigan Cavalry, July 1, 1864
This stockade is an accurate reconstruction. Archeologists excavated stumps here that showed the size and spacing of stockade logs. They were able to map the location of each stockade post from the change in soil color produced by rotting wood.
The photograph show the inner and middle stockade in 1867.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 11.767′ N, 84° 7.614′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shebangs (within shouting distance of this marker); Pigeon-Roosts (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to POW’s at Hiroshima Japan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battling Bastards of Bataan (about 400 feet away); This Was Andersonville (about 400 feet away); Earthwork Defenses (about 400 feet away); Monuments and Memories (about 400 feet away); Memorial to American Former Prisoners of War Stalag XVII-B (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on October 2, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.